Aviation Safety Performance Reports and Statistics
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Latest Published Statistical Summaries
Because of the volume and variable integrity of global aviation safety data, analysis of safety data usually involves establishing a taxonomy for the data set. Therefore, any interpretation of these analyses needs to be mindful of the taxonomy used. Comparison of similar analyses based on different taxonomies can sometimes be deceptive. For example, statistics provided by Boeing include accidents involving only Western Built commercial jets over 60,000 lb MTOW. Such statistics therefore include most large commercial jets but do not necessarily provide an insight into the safety performance of the wider aviation system. All of this means that when looking at statistics, it is important to know the taxonomies used.
Type of flight
- Databases used for statistical purposes normally include only events to aircraft undertaking flights for the purposes of commercial aviation to carry passengers cargo or mail.
- Fatality - death consequent upon an aircraft accident is classified by ICAO as such if it occurs within 30 days of the accident and this definition is usually adopted by others.
- Serious Injury - injury consequent upon an aircraft accident or serious incident is commonly classified as serious if it results in hospitalisation for more than 48 hours which commences within 7 days of the event.
Extent of Aircraft Damage
- Substantial Damage - usually taken as damage or structural failure which adversely affects the structural strength, performance ot flight characteristics of an aircraft and which would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component(s).
Nature of Event
The following classifications are typically employed:
- Accident" - as defined in ICAO Annex 13
- Major Accident – An accident in which any of the following conditions is met: The aircraft was destroyed; or there were multiple fatalities; or there was one fatality and the aircraft was substantially damaged.
- Fatal Accident - An accident that results in at least one fatal injury, where death was not due to natural causes or self inflicted injuries, or injuries inflicted by other passengers, and was not due to a malicious act such as terrorism.
- Hull Loss – An aircraft is totally destroyed or assessed to have been damaged beyond economic repair. Assessment as a hull loss is always affected by the age (measured in any or all of years-since-new, cycles flown or landings made) of the damaged aircraft and sometimes by the concern of the operator to avoid the 'public declaration of a hull loss.
- Total Loss/Constructive Total Loss - Statistical data which originates in the insurance market is traditionally a very reliable source of data. Insurers use the terms "Total Loss" and "Constructive Total Loss" which is not quite the same as Hull Loss.
- ICAO Regions are the most often used regional definition. The assignment of region to an accident may be the based on the location of the occurrence or on the state of the Operator as defined by their AOC.
- There is a particular difficulty with the 'definition' of Europe which may include, amongst other options ECAC, EU, EASA Member States or JAA. Political and regulatory evolution in Europe means that these definitions have themselves appeared, disappeared or varied over time.
- For fixed wing aircraft, the main distinction employed is between jets and turboprops. In both cases. 5,700 kg / 12,500 lb is commonly used as a lower limit for inclusion in statistical databases. However, ICAO have now (2014) begun to include statistics for aircraft below 5700kg.
Domicile of Aircraft Design
- Western/Eastern-built Aircraft - some statistics make this distinction or exclude the latter altogether because data for many operations of Eastern-built aircraft (those designed in CIS countries or in the Peoples Republic of China) have historically been unavailable or unreliable.
Sources of Statistical Information
- ICAO 2016 Safety Report
- ICAO 2015 Safety Report
- ICAO 2014 Safety Report
- ICAO 2013 Safety Report
- IATA Safety Report 2016
- IATA Safety Report 2015
- Allianz Global Aviation Safety Study, 2014
- Annual Safety Review - EASA - a collection of EASA safety reviews
- Boeing Annual Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents - a collection of safety publications by Boeing
- Commercial Aviation accidents 1958-2015, a summary by Airbus, 2016
- Commercial Aviation accidents 1958-2014, a summary by Airbus, 2015
- UK CAA: CAP1036 "Global Fatal Accident Review 2002-2011"
- UK CAA: CAP776 "Global Fatal Accident Review 1997-2006"
- Air Transport News Safety Survey 2013